Prologue Magazine

Guidelines for Submissions to Prologue

Prologue welcomes articles based in whole or in part upon the holdings and programs of the National Archives and Records Administration. Prologue does not accept articles that are politically partisan or that deal with contemporary political issues.

Articles are selected by the editors in consultation with experts. The editors reserve the right to make changes in articles accepted for publication and will consult the author should substantive questions arise. Published articles do not necessarily represent the views of NARA or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

Guidelines for Authors

Prospective authors are encouraged to discuss their work with the editors prior to submission and provide a summary of the proposed article. Prologue seeks both short features (600–1,000 words) and extended articles on historical subjects (up to 5,000 words). Articles should be directed at the general reader with an interest in history. Prologue is unable to pay for articles.

Because Prologue articles should be based on NARA records, we do request a list of sources. We prefer that the direct source references be woven into the text; a general "Note on Sources" will appear in print at the end of the article. Traditional footnotes or extended source documentation may be published in a web version of the article.

Sending a Proposal or Article for Submission

The Prologue office uses MS Word but can accept any common word-processing digital file format.


Phone: 202-357-5482.

Mail paper copies to:

National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001.


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